Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 In Review

I thought it would be fun to show some of the highlights and low lights of 2009 in pictures...I'm sure I will leave something out, but here are some events and occasions that stand out in my mind for this year.

Beth in ballet.

Our new bedroom set.

Our miscarriage.

Ryan's new car.

Lots of family fun!

James turns 2!

More family fun outside.

Finishing part of the basement.

Decorating Beth's room.

Lots of cousin fun.

Two family weddings to get dressed up for. :)

It's a Girl!

Park city get away trip.

Beth turns 4!

Halloween fun.

Building the new baby's room.

Baby belly.

Christmas 2009.

And of course, Ryan's new job and my new little jewelry business were big things this year too, but no pictures for that. :)

What a year it has been, and what a year we have to come! Time flies so fast. I feel like I just graduated high school and here I am, married, two kids, a third on the way, a house, 2 seems unbelievable really! I hope this new year brings you all joy and adventure, I'm sure it will bring a lot of those things to my house!


Saturday, December 26, 2009


We had a fantastic Christmas this year. The kids are at perfect ages to make Christmas fun and exciting for everyone.

We started Christmas Eve decorating sugar cookies with friends. If you need a recipe, I've got the yummiest recipe ever, it was VERY dangerous having these cookies in the house. yum!! In the evening we went out to eat with family and watched a movie to pass the time until bed, great times.

Here is the post-Santa tree.

Santa loved his cookies and milk!

Mommy's haul.

Beth's pile o' presents.

James' stash.

Oops, guess I never got a picture of all of Daddy's presents, he wasn't forgotten though!

The kids favorite gifts seemed to be James' new racetrack and cars, and Beth's new set of Dress-up clothes and accessories. They loved everything they opened though and were very appreciative, it was great.

During the afternoon we went to Grandma and Grandpa Owen's house and had a great ham dinner with the whole family and opened a few more gifts. I, of course, forgot to take pictures of that part of the days events. It truly was a Merry Christmas for all of us, despite eating myself completely uncomfortably sick. :) Someday I'll learn not to eat so much when I'm this big pregnant! I hope you all had a great day as well. We love you all! Please know that we love you, even though we did not send out one Christmas card this year...I guess the baby announcement will have to count in a few months!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I need help. I am having a dickens of a time deciding on a name for this baby. I know its not imperative that I decide right this minute, but its making me a little nuts. We had basically decided on a name, but I'm all unsettled about it and have to explore my options again, so that being said, I made another name poll on So, anyone who is interested, go and give your opinion. I'm hoping that seeing some votes will help settle me a little. We might have to wait and see her to make a final decision, but maybe this will narrow the list! Feel free to leave comments with any name suggestions too!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

28 Weeks

Just thought I'd share the latest belly update. I didn't think it had changed that much in the last month until I compared the pictures...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

She's Ours!!!!

It's official, the van is ours! The title came in the mail yesterday. The first new car that Ryan or I ever bought is finally paid for. I'm proud of us for paying it off in just under 2 1/2 years. Yay! Now to payoff the next car...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas is around the corner!

I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner! It always makes me sad when its over and I feel like its gone so fast I haven't gotten to soak it all in as much as I usually do. We've put off some of our annual traditions because of the general craziness of our lives lately, but I'm hoping to squeeze them in sometime in the next week amongst all our other things going on.

Ryan's new job seems to be going well. So far he hasn't been too stir crazy stuck at home everyday, and the kids have been pretty good to let him work. Its been great for me to have him here because I can run errands during nap time or leave the kids watching a movie if I need to run somewhere really quick, or I can call in backup when I really need it. Its fabulous! We had the first annual Christmas party with his new company and had a great time. The people were great and the gifts they gave us were sent from heaven. :) A spa gift certificate and gift card to PF Changs for me, and a notebook and Amazon gift card for Ryan. These people know how to give gifts! There is still a lot of adjusting for us to do with this new job, but so far, so good.

As part of all the adjusting, I have started my own little business as a Lia Sophia jewelry advisor. I had my grand opening party last week and it went pretty well, thanks to my great friends and neighbors. I have 4 parties lined up in the new year and they will be all on my own, I'm a little nervous, but excited and hope I can get the hang of it before the baby comes, and then, baby willing, I'll pick back up and hopefully bring in a little extra income. So, if anyone is ever looking for jewelry for yourself or for gifts, think of me!! And if anyone wants to host a party for me, I'd love you forever. :D Along with this, I got a new calling at church as Compassionate Service leader. So far its been a busy calling, considering our ward averages 15 pregnant women at any given time, but I've been enjoying it so far. We've had two babies in the past week and two more due before Christmas! Phew. Thank goodness for a great ward that is always willing to pitch in when I ask for it.

The pregnancy is coming along well. I'm starting to get uncomfortable a little sooner than I was hoping, but so far I can't complain too much, although Ryan would probably say I sure can complain! :) I have been having lots of trouble with round ligament pain this pregnancy, and that hasn't eased up, and this week I started having some sciatic nerve pain, not very fun. My belly gets pretty darn sore and tired by the end of the day cause its growing so fast, but the kids and Ryan are pretty good at letting me rest when I need to. The heartburn is also a good friend at this point, although I've had a pretty good week this week so far. But, the baby is good and active and it is a true joy for me to feel her and watch her kicking around in there. I love it, even when its a little uncomfortable I still love it because its seems like such a miracle. Whenever I'm frustrated because I'm not feeling well, or I'm being short with the kids, I just have to sit or lay down for a while and feel her kick around and it quickly improves my mood. So far all of my tests have gone well, I failed the 1-hour glucose test, but passed the 3-hour test. It was miserable, but I'm glad I passed. Today I'm scheduled to get my Rhogam shot, another not very fun thing, but I'm very grateful they have a shot now. Back just a couple of generations ago it would have been very difficult for Ryan and I to have children, and now I just get a couple of shots and all is well. Thank you modern medicine. **Update: didn't get Rhogam today, turns out you have to be 28 weeks and I was 27 weeks 6 days...weird rules. Baby is doing well and kicked like crazy for the doctor.

Well, soon I will post more pictures and some of our Christmas activities, but I thought it was time I posted something!